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Principal's Message

Welcome to the Placerita Junior High School website.  Placerita has a rich tradition of student achievement in academics and co-curricular activities that prepare students for additional experiences and career paths in high school, college, and beyond.  With “Pride in Excellence” as Placerita’s motto, we are dedicated to serving all our students, recognizing the unique characteristics of early adolescents.  In a safe, caring, and healthy environment, we prepare students with academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skills to help them become positive, productive, capable citizens. 
Students at Placerita are supported by highly qualified, caring, and devoted teachers and staff who are focused on helping every student succeed.  We’re all in this together, and we each play a vital role in students’ education and overall growth through Junior High School.  Our goal is the same: student learning.  And we are committed to working together to ensure our students are challenged, motivated, encouraged, and involved as much as possible.
Parents, your level of involvement is very important, and we appreciate all your support in many different ways.  From helping your students with their homework, volunteering at events here at school, and even attending their activities, your support is crucial in their upbringing and overall well-being.  We recognize this partnership, and thank you for your constant communication and support.
We have activities for all students’ interest and talent level.  Please encourage your students to try something new, or focus on improving their strengths and abilities through elective classes, clubs, and extra-curricular activities.  Junior High is the perfect time for students to examine, explore, and experiment with new pursuits that might one day become life-long passions.  In whatever they choose, we remind and encourage them to try their best, and strive for improvement every day.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children’s education.  We value their minds and abilities, push them to achieve great things, and work diligently with you to develop their potential.
Exterior of Placerita Junior High School

Mission & Vision

With “Pride in Excellence” as our motto, Placerita Junior High School’s staff, students, parents, and community will cooperate to serve the student, recognizing the unique characteristics of early adolescents. In a safe, caring, and healthy environment, we will prepare students with academic, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical skills to help them become positive, productive, capable citizens. It is the vision of faculty, staff, and parents that the school mission statement will be achieved by establishing:
A safe, orderly, and caring school environment that respects diversity and emphasizes tolerance of others.
An environment that recognizes the value and potential of each student.
An atmosphere that promotes teamwork among members of the school community.
An academically challenging learning environment for all students.
An environment that encourages students to mature socially and emotionally.
An on-going process of review and evaluation.


Placerita Dance Auditions

Students who audition will be placed into Advanced, Intermediate, or Beginning Dance. If you are an incoming 7th grader and do not wish to audition, you will automatically be placed in Beginning Dance, depending on availability. 8th Graders who have successfully completed Beginning Dance will have priority to be in Intermediate.
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8th Grade Awards

Our 8th Grade Awards will be on May 23rd in the Hart Auditorium.
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8th Grade Awards

Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91321, USA

At A Glance

  • First Junior High School established in the Santa Clarita Valley
  • Est. 1960 Opened in Newhall in 1960 and moved into its current location in 1961
  • 7-8 Placerita serves students in both 7th and 8th grade with a variety of curriculum choices
  • California Distinguished School as recognized by the California Department of Education